Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham has fended off a fierce push by Democrats to unseat him, winning re-election after warning that he was being “killed financially” by challenger Jaime Harrison’s fund-raising.
With 53 percent of precincts having reported results in South Carolina, Graham was leading Harrison by nearly 13 percentage points, at 55.8-42.9 percent. Pollsters had considered the contest a tight race as the battle over confirmation of US Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett boosted Democrat fund-raising.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on FOX just now: “My opponent will raise $100 million … I’m being killed financially. This money is ‘cuz hate my guts.” pic.twitter.com/hqMIqpdUoe
— The Recount (@therecount) September 24, 2020
Graham said in a September Fox News interview that Harrison was on track to spend nearly $100 million on the race. The previous record for any South Carolina Senate election was the $13 million that Graham spent in 2014. “I’m being killed financially,” he said. “This money is because they hate my guts.”
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) November 4, 2020
Graham won his fourth term in the Senate after playing a pivotal role in the confirmation of another Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh. He pivoted from being a critic of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016, after making a failed bid for the Republican nomination himself, to becoming one of his strongest allies in the Senate.
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